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The Anthropology Senior Seminar Survey

The purpose of this project is to understand what terminology anthropologists should use when presenting information to the public.  Your participation will help us to determine the general publicís perception of these terms.  To protect your confidentiality you will not be identified in any way.  The results of this survey will be posted on a web page, URL http://www.d.umn.edu/~lbelote under the heading Senior Seminar Spring 2001 after May 8th.  Thank you for your participation in this survey.

  Background Information:

Age:                 Sex:                  Major in College:                    Current Career:

One of the sets will be chosen for you.  Briefly explain what these terms mean to you:

(Set 1)

Primitive

Civilization

  Tribe

  Magic

Shaman

(Set 2)

Progress

Evolution

Myth

Native

Race 

Thank you for your participation.

 

Graph Description and Survey Results

The graphs generated here are from two different viewpoints.  One viewpoint is from the perspective of major in college and the other viewpoint is by gender.  The graphs were rated by producing a scale from 1 to 3.  The value of 1 means that the definition given was not acceptable or incorrect, the value of 2 means that the definition given was somewhat acceptable or somewhat correct, and the value of 3 means that the definition given was acceptable or correct.  To determine the value of the definitions of the participants a dictionary was used for the comparisons.  The dictionary used was Websterís New World Dictionary.  The score was then change into a percent to show the average degree of correct or acceptable answers per major or per gender.  Hence, the graphs represent the degree of closeness that each department or gender came to getting all of the definitions correct and it also represents the total combined degree of answers that were incorrect or unacceptable as a whole for all of the majors or genders participating.

 

As a whole it would seem that the graph generated by major for (Set 1) had a combined score of 35%.  This means that the people surveyed as a whole were about 35% correct in defining the definitions.  This also is true for the graph generated by major for (Set 2).  The combined score for the graph generated by gender for (Set 1) is 38%.  Once again, this means that the people surveyed as a whole were about 38% correct in defining the definitions.  This is also true for the graph generated by major for (Set 2), except that the combined score equals 39% instead of 38%.  

 

 

 

 

 

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